Euthanasia

“License to kill” bill lacks safeguards to protect the vulnerable says English

Bill English has described David Seymour’s euthanasia bill as “a very bad piece of legislation”, saying that it lacks safeguards to protect New Zealand’s most vulnerable people.

[…] the National leader said while he was against all forms of assisted dying, the bill presented by ACT’s David Seymour was particularly dangerous, implying it indiscriminately enabled suicide.

[…] it will make vulnerable people like the elderly, people suffering from mental illness, people with disabilities more vulnerable, so I intend to oppose it strongly,” Mr English said.

[…] “It’s going to be a bit tricky for Mr Seymour to answer the question as to why some suicides are good and some are bad.”
Despite his passionate opposition to the bill, Mr English said National Party MPs would be allowed a conscience vote on the euthanasia bill in Parliament today.

In contrast, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was in favour of people having their own individual freedom in terminal health situations.

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A terminally ill person’s reaction to the debate on Euthanasia

When we consider the issue of Euthanasia we should listen to all sides of the debate. Some of us have experienced a loved one dying slowly and hold very strong feelings on the matter and some of us view it like a Politician with less emotion. No matter which side of the debate we are on,?the views of people who are terminally ill persuade me more than anyone else because unlike you and me they are in the hot seat, staring down the barrel and they unlike us are in a unique position to weigh up the pros and cons. Australian Julie Morgan is terminally ill and she says that the debate on euthanasia scares her.

…My story of facing an untimely death has been interwoven with that of my best friend and housemate who, within these same four years, was diagnosed and subsequently died of lung cancer…As my first illness was coming to an end, her illness began and so I went from being the person who was cared for to being the one who was the primary carer….So the past four years have given me a unique window into the complexity of death and dying, of living and loving, and of holding on and letting go.

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Gutless Labour continues to grandstand over euthanasia

The Labour party have no credibility when it comes to euthanasia. Maryan Street’s bill was removed from the ballot because David Cunliffe didn’t want an election distraction from their involvement in Dirty Politics. In the end, they could have used that distraction.

Then they removed Iain Lees-Galloway’s bill for the same reasons, ordered by Andrew Little.

So colour me surprised that they bare still grandstanding over euthanasia when their leadership and their party have shown they are abject cowards when it comes to the issue.

Labour MP Louisa Wall says her proposed law change to legalise assisted dying in New Zealand will not go into the private member’s bill ballot. ? Read more »

National should give euthanasia to ACT to champion, but they are actually dead set against it

National’s Catholic mafia are meddling in the euthanasia?debate:

Cabinet Ministers putting their own views on euthanasia ahead of what the majority of Kiwis want is “undemocratic”, says ACT leader David Seymour.

While euthanasia picks up momentum internationally, New Zealand is still pondering how to deal with the divisive issue that John Key says has “no chance” of being introduced by the Government.

This week, Colorado in the?United States became the sixth state to pass a law offering terminally ill patients a way to access life-ending, doctor-prescribed sleep medication so they can die peacefully.

Seymour, who has a member’s bill in the ballot to legalise assisted dying, said it’s?”enormously disappointing” some Cabinet Ministers are “exercising a personal vote on something that two-thirds to three-quarters of New Zealanders want to happen”. ? Read more »

John Key shows how heartless he is, says government won’t legalise euthanasia

John Key is often described as heartless by the left-wing, and today he has proven it, by stating his government won’t lift a finger to legalise euthanasia.

There is zero chance of Government introducing legislation to legalise euthanasia even if an inquiry strongly recommends it, Prime Minister John Key says.

A select committee is part-way through a major inquiry on public attitudes to euthanasia in New Zealand, which is considering more than 20,000 public submissions and holding hearings around the country.

Key said today that regardless of the committee’s conclusions and the level of public support, the Government would not propose a change.

“There is no chance of it being a Government bill,” Key told reporters at Parliament this morning.

Key said he personally supported euthanasia. He would not take the step himself, but he believed others should be able to.

However, there was strong opposition to it within the National caucus, he said.

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Labour has no right to discuss euthanasia after their abject cowardice on the topic

The Labour party passed a remit on the weekend looking at legalising euthanasia.

Michadel Cullen had a hand in it:

Cullen played a part in a remit in support of euthanasia which was passed by the conference. He had proposed an amendment to acknowledge there were differing views on it among members to make them more comfortable about supporting it.

Cullen – whose previous Labour roles have included Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Attorney-General – said he personally supported euthanasia.

He said he was already being kept alive by medical science, courtesy of a pacemaker installed two years ago. However, if he lost his mental or physical functions he supported the right to choose to die.

“My own personal position is that if it was me, I don’t want to get to the state where my mind deteriorated to the point where I might actually support the National Party. In other words, I’ve forgotten who I am and what I am.”

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Family First don?t know the difference between suicide and death with dignity

I really have trouble supporting anything Family First do these days. They really only believe in their kinds of families first.

Worse, when Bob McCoskrie?willingly gave evidence to support Colin Craig and then had to be recalled to correct his statements you have to wonder whether he and the organisation?he represents actually believe what they stand for.

Bob McCoskrie is now pushing a myth regarding suicide.

Family First New Zealand – one of the lead family organisations against assisted suicide and euthanasia – has presented their oral submission today to the Select Committee conducting the Investigation into ending one?s life in New Zealand as a result of Maryan Street?s petition.

In their oral submission, National Director Bob McCoskrie has warned MPs that the Inquiry presents a serious risk to public health and safety because there is a ?social contagion? aspect to suicide – assisted or non-assisted – and that we need more discussion about suicide prevention.

“You don?t discourage suicide by assisting suicide,” says Mr McCoskrie. “Suicide is already a public health crisis.”

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Is Andrew going to cancel all undercover operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

It would seem that?Andrew Little is going to cancel all undercover?police operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

That will, of course, be in 10 years time, but it certainly seems that way from his?latest pronouncement.

It would be frightening if police had used a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia as the basis for setting up a “dodgy” breath testing checkpoint to identify euthanasia supporters, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

Questions are still being raised about what prompted police to set up the checkpoint near an Exit International meeting last month as part of their investigation into a suspected euthanasia death.

Act Party leader David Seymour opened Question Time in parliament on Tuesday with the issue, asking Police Minister Judith Collins if the public were right to be concerned about police using roadside breath testing to collect personal information for unrelated investigations.

“Does the minister believe it is a good use of police officers to interrogate law-abiding people at a peaceful meeting of an advocacy group, given an 18 per cent increase in burglaries reported this week?” he asked.

Ms Collins said she couldn’t comment because the matter was being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

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Cops set up a checkpoint to gather info on a possible murder. What?s wrong with that?

I’ve watched with interest as the left-wing goes troppo over Police actually doing their job.

Until we change the law, helping someone take their life is murder. Cops have used a creative way to gather intel. ?Well within their scope.

The checkpoint was used to gain information on those they believed were importing drugs for assisted suicide.

The coroner advised police at the end of August that a death in June he was looking into involved a Class C controlled substance, and that the death had no suspicious circumstances surrounding it.

Police began an investigation into several other deaths which looked like they may involve aiding and abetting suicide, which is illegal and punishable in New Zealand by up to 14 years in prison.

Earlier this month, police stopped seven cars leaving the pro-euthanasia meeting and interviewed about nine people over the following days.

Police insist the checkpoint was not an investigation into pro-euthanasia advocates, but rather an essential part of the case investigation.

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Whaleoil readers’ feelings on Euthanasia revealed

Euthanasia is a very complex issue so our Whaleoil questionnaire focussed on only two aspects of the debate.

1. The person’s right to make the decision and to take their own life with or without help from another person.

2. The moral difference between assisting a suicide overtly or covertly and actually killing the person at their request.

The question that had the most readers selecting either strongly agree or agree was question four.

Question four. Ann is 50 years old, a cancer patient. She is in the last phase of the disease. It has been decided by her physician that no treatment options will serve any benefit to treat her cancer or reduce discomfort. She has left the hospital of her own free will and wishes to die. She saves up her morphine tablets until she has a lethal amount and then commits suicide by taking an overdose. In regards to Ann?s actions, I

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